Wartsila to supply 225 MW natural gas power plant to Texas utility

Wartsila, a leading global supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions, has received an order to engineer and supply a large power plant to South Texas Electric Cooperative (STEC) in the U.S. The contract was signed in December 2012, and the order is included in Wartsila’s fourth quarter 2012 order book.

The STEC Red Gate power plant will be located in Hidalgo County, Texas and is scheduled to be in commercial operation by summer 2014. The plant will be powered by 12 Wartsila 50SG engines running on natural gas. The total output of the plant will be 225 MW and will help STEC to meet the growing demand for electricity in South Texas.

“Wartsila engine technology has proven to be very effective at meeting the challenges of a dynamic ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) market. We see continued value in investments in flexible, efficient combustion engines to serve the needs of our member cooperatives, and we are very pleased to work with Wartsila on our Red Gate Power Project,” says John Packard, Manager of Generation, South Texas Electric Cooperative.

The new Red Gate power plant is designed to meet BACT (Best Available Control Technology) pollution standards as mandated by the United States Clean Air Act. The high efficiency of the Wartsila combustion engine technology results in fewer emissions of carbon dioxide than simple cycle gas turbine solutions. One of the benefits of the Wartsila 50SG engine is that its high simple cycle efficiency is achieved with minimal water consumption. 

Wartsila has also signed a maintenance agreement to provide technical and operational assistance with maintenance planning, technical advisors, spare parts, and an on-site inventory.

Wartsila already has three power plants installed in Texas, including the 200 MW plant at Pearsall, Texas owned and operated by STEC. Globally, Wartsila has sold 4,600 power plants in 169 countries with a total generating capacity of more than 49 GW.

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